4th Annual Grapes & Grog for Meals on Wheels
September 01, 2016
The Area Agency on Aging is getting ready for their 4th annual Grapes & Grog fundraiser to benefit the Meals on Wheels program for seniors in Jasper, Newton, Barton and McDonald counties.

The event, which will include live music with Matt Coleman, wine tasting, beer, BBQ dinner, and a silent auction, will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, from 5-9 pm at the Joplin Elk’s Lodge, 1802 W. 26th St., Joplin.

Tickets are $35 each and may be purchased at Macadoodles of Joplin, Joplin Elk’s Lodge, and the Area Agency on Aging central office at 531 E. 15th Street, Joplin.

Major sponsors include SGC Food Service, Beimdiek Insurance, Missouri Eagle, Macadoodles and College View Manor. For more information, to make a donation or to be a sponsor, please visit our website here for downloadable sponsorship documents. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page here for updates on the event.

Currently the agency delivers almost 20,000 meals per month to homebound seniors. Right now the average price per meal is $7.87, while our average donation is only 44 cents per meal. Last year, the Area Agency on Aging spent over a million dollars on raw food alone.

Food insecurity is a growing issue among older adults and not just for seniors living below the poverty line.

“Our meals are often the last line of defense for keeping a senior from having to move to assisted living,” says Stan Heater, Chief Executive Officer of the Area Agency on Aging. “This is our only fundraiser of the year and all the proceeds go into feeding homebound seniors.”

The Area Agency on Aging Region Ten has been serving the senior population of Barton, Jasper, Newton, and McDonald counties since 1979. The Agency is a non-profit, charitable organization with a 501(c)(3) designation. Region Ten’s purpose is to provide services, programs, and information that will assist older persons in maintaining independence and dignity in their lives. Services through this agency are available to persons 60 years of age or older who live in our service area. Priority is given to those individuals with the greatest economic and social need. Information and family caregiver services are provided to people of all ages.

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